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Tidying Up My STEM Challenge Materials

Peeking into someone’s teaching closet is a little like walking down a hotel hallway with doors open; you can’t help yourself but look inside!  At least I can’t! I’m always...

Developing Grit: Learning to Love a Challenge

How gritty are your students? Do they love a challenge, or do they wilt in the face of difficulty? How much does grit matter to their success and achievement over...

Winter STEM Challenge Activity: Snowman Stretch

Every year at this time the kids are getting antsy, and I am just feeling done, dreaming of kicking up my feet by the fire with a nice glass of...

Thanksgiving STEM Challenge Activity: Turkey Transporter

I recently had a fantastic time visiting Tried & True Teaching Tools‘ 4th grade classroom to do the Turkey Transporter Thanksgiving STEM Challenge. They came up with such great ideas...

Fail Forward

What could be more important than helping students develop healthy relationships with productive failure? I’m hard-pressed to come up with a single thing, honestly. If we help students learn to...

STEM Ideals Series

What if there were no books and no Internet? What if we lost the whole of human scientific knowledge and had to start over again? Are we made of the...